Five Francs, Bimetallic, Coin Type from Switzerland - detailed information

Five Francs, Bimetallic, Coin Type from Switzerland (issued 1999 - 2003)
Coin TypeFive Francs, Bimetallic

The Five Francs coin is a denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. Initially when federal Swiss coinage was introduced in 1850, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.

The normal circulating 5 FR denomination went through several transformations: with a seated figure of Helvetia on the obverse, then a portrait of Helvetia, then the current design by Paul Burkhard - all of these in silver with the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union, until in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the content was slightly debased. Starting in 1936, the country also occasionally issued circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver to mark various important occasions, then - when silver was demonetised in 1971 - the denomination became copper-nickel.

An extensive series of copper-nickel circulating commemoratives were issued between 1974 and 1990 (in parallel with the regular design). For several years after that (1991 to 1998), no commemoratives were issued in this denomination.

In 1999, Swissimint changed the concept and started striking non-circulating commemoratives for collectors only, like the coins issued below - with topics celebrating various aspects of Swiss cultural and national heritage, and not people and events as before. These were denominated as 5 Francs at first, but after only six coins were issued in the first five years, this format was discontinued. Further non-circulating bimetallic coins are now denominated as 10 Francs.

The coins are bimetallic, with a copper-nickel outer ring (75% copper, 25% nickel) and a "Nordic Gold" inner circle (89% copper, 5% Aluminium, 5% zinc and 1% tin).

Obverse
Switzerland / Five Francs, Bimetallic - obverse photo

Various obverses as individually described in the listings below.

Obverse Inscription
Reverse
Switzerland / Five Francs, Bimetallic - reverse photo

Various reverses as individually described in the listings below.

Reverse Inscription 5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Francs, Bimetallic - (6) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Five Francs 1999 Winegrower's Festival 176,000 FETE DES VIGNERONS VEVEY 1999
Five Francs 2000 Carnival of Basel 190,000 BASLER FASNACHT
Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency 165,000 + FR + 1850 2000
Five Francs 2001 Zurich Spring Holiday 190,000 ZÜRCHER SECHSELÄUTEN
Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade 145,000 ESCALADE 1602 - 2002
Five Francs 2003 Chalandamarz 108,000 CHALANDAMARZ
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Five Francs, Bimetallic: Details
CountrySwitzerland
CurrencySwiss Franc
From1999
To2003
Face Value5 (x Franc)
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.000 mm
Mass15.000 g